Could the Carolina Panthers put a trade package together to try and tempt the New York Jets into giving up the No. 2 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft?
The Carolina Panthers are now facing some real complications regarding their pursuit of a new quarterback this offseason. Things have not gone their way with any trade possibilities and considering the San Francisco 49ers now hold the No. 3 overall selection after a bombshell deal with the Miami Dolphins, obtaining one of the top prospects coming out of college this year appears bleak.
Carolina’s clear intent to land Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans is also on hold due to the civil suits currently against the player. This is also being investigated by the NFL and could lead to a suspension. But it’s evident that teams are already beginning to make alternative plans with zero chance of the situation resolving before the all-important draft weekend.
Who knows, the Panthers might get lucky and have Trey Lance or Justin Fields fall into their laps. But if they are that steadfast in getting someone that can replace Teddy Bridgewater in 2021, then a bold move is their only remaining option.
Given the unlikeliness of striking a deal with the Atlanta Falcons – an NFC South rival who has the No. 4 pick – then the only way for the Panthers to get their desired prospect once Trevor Lawrence is taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars would be to give up a significant amount of capital to the New York Jets at No. 2.
This might be something the Jets don’t contemplate considering they’re in prime position to select Zach Wilson and put an end to Sam Darnold’s difficult tenure under center. But here are three potential trade offers that might make them think twice.